International jet setter; South African-born, Australian-based Li-Chi Pan has an acute appreciation for composition, colour and minimalism. The art director and photographer creates truly beautiful and inspiring content on her social channels (if you aren’t following Li-Chi on Instagram, take this as your cue!). In a city guide exclusive for X-Files, this creative delivers an essential guide to the magnificent, urban city that is New York City.
Where are your favourite hotels when in New York?
The JW Marriott Essex, 160 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019, USA.
The Ludlow, 188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, USA.
The Beekman (A Thompson Hotel), 123 Nassau St, New York, NY 10038, USA.
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA.
Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, USA.
Arlo Soho, 231 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013, USA.
The JW Marriott Essex House Hotel via JW Marriott; View of Empire State Building via Instagram @lichipan
What are your favourite breakfast and lunch experiences?
Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012, USA. Be sure to try the rigatoni and get a pizza.
ABC Kitchen, 35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003, USA. Chic, 'new American' eatery.
Estela, 47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012, USA. Simple and thoughtfully prepared food- perfect meal for any night of the week!
The Grill, 99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022, USA. Inspired by mid-century menus from Delmonico's the prime rib is a must try.
Sushi Nakazawa, 23 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014, USA. Trained under the most distinguished sushi chef, Jiro Ono, for eleven years, this is the perfect space in West Village for dinner.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar, 207 Second Avenue at 13th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA. An Asian eatery from David Chang- best pork buns in town!
Izakaya Mew, 53 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001, USA. Miso carbonara udon is a must try!
For quick eats:
Joe's Pizza, 7 Carmine Street New York, NY 10014, USA. It has offered the classic New York slice for over 35 years.
Artichoke Basille's Pizza, 111 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012, USA. Order the spinach artichoke dip baked pizza for the perfect mix of gooey and melty.
Katz' Delicatessen, 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, USA. Known for its kosher-style foods.
Top bars, speakeasies or locales for a great night out?
New York is such a vibrant city which is hidden with lots of gems, in-the-know parties and some of the best speakeasy bars!
Public Hotel Rooftop Bar, 215 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002, USA. Be sure to pay a visit here, with its 360-degree views over the city. This stylish, buzzy hotspot is a place where beautiful people eat, drink and dance the night away.
Temple Court Bart Room, 117 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, USA. This venue is set beneath the Beekman’s stunning, nine-story Victorian era atrium and offers a singular New York setting to enjoy a list of handcrafted cocktails alongside an all-day menu.
Westlight, 111 N 12th St 22nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA. If you’re in Williamsburg be sure to visit Westlight! Located on the 22nd-floor this rooftop bar offers some of the best cocktails I’ve ever had.
The Basement, 45 Mott St, New York, NY 10013, USA. Located in the basement of Cha Chang Tang and beyond a Coca-Cola machine door is where you’ll find one of my favourite speakeasys with a game room! The Basement is a great spot to hang out with a group of friends!
Patent Pending, 49 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA. This is another great speakeasy spot. Hidden behind a coffee-shop, Patent Pending is a café by day and speakeasy by night. The space occupies the basement of the Radio Wave Building in Manhattan.
The Whitney Museum via Instagram @lichipan; The Flatiron Building via Instagram @lichipan
What are leisurely activities do you recommend in this city?
The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA. If you’re visiting the High Line in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, be sure to explore the Whitney’s collection of over 23,000 works created by more than 3500 American Artists.
The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd, Queens, NY 11106, USA. The Noguchi museum also has a beautiful outdoor garden museum which I’d suggest visiting.
The Vessel, Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001, USA. Completed this year and is an architectural masterpiece! If you have time after visiting the High Line be sure to stop by to take a look. If you’re up for a musical, pop by Times Square or book a Broadway show like Wicked along 51st.
Describe your favourite hubs or districts.
Soho: Filled with designer boutiques and art galleries –this part of town is known for its elegant cast-iron facades and cobblestone streets!
Dumbo: A a neighbourhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Warehouses have been converted into boutique shops with charismatic cafes. Be sure to visit Jane’s Carousel and walk the Brooklyn Bridge!
Chelsea: Home to the iconic Vessel building, Chelsea Markets, the High Line as well as over 200 art galleries–this cultural hub is a must visit!
FIDI: Also known as the Financial District–this is the city’s buzzing financial heart.With one of the best observatory decks in the world, One World Trade Centre, you’ll also be able to pay tribute to the National September 11 Memorial as well as visit the Oculus.
Williamsburg: This is a hip neighbourhood which draws the young and fashionable to its chic boutiques and buzzing restaurants.
The Soho District via Instagram @lichipan; The Vessel at Hudson's Yard via Instagram @lichipan
The unmissable historic sites or landmarks?
The Rockefeller building, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111, USA.
Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA.
Do you have any hidden gems?
Most people are very familiar with the Rockefeller Centre as it’s one of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers –but hidden at the top of this landmark is a well less known spot –it’s a secret rooftop garden with a beautiful oasis hidden away from the crowded city below.
What is your dress-code when in New York?
The seasons are very real in NYC –when it’s winter it’s very cold and it also gets ridiculously humid in Summer. As a result I recommend checking what the weather is in NYC when you’ll visit. NYC is a city home to everything from smart chic to mixed/matched and re-worn.
View from top of the Rockefeller building via Instagram @lichipan; The Brooklyn Bridge via Instagram @lichipan
The best vantage points for taking the ideal shot?
People love sleeping in –so wake up for sunrise and you’ll always get the perfect shot! Brooklyn bridge, Flatiron Building and Soho are great vantage points for taking some pictures!
In your opinion, when is the best time of year to travel?
March, April, May (Spring) –you get to catch the cherry blossoms on Roosevelt Island!
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